From now on I shall be publishing on this site – and nowhere else – any new articles I write. This will not only make them much more accessible but also enable me to launch them as soon as they are finished (it can take a year or more to get an article into a good academic journal). In making this decision I have also taken to heart some of the points made by George Monbiot about ‘The Lairds of Learning’.

The first ‘article’ listed below  (‘British Ambassadors at Constantinople …’) is the exception to the rule that this list includes  pieces just completed. In fact, I was commissioned to write this in the summer of 2017 on the assurance that the biographic dictionary of which it was to form part (see Work in Press)  would appear later in the same year. I completed my essay on time but the dictionary failed to appear. Two and a half years later (mid-February 2020) it has still not appeared, and I have begun to fear that it will never come out. It is for this reason that, with the agreement of the editor, for whom the book has been a most painful experience, I am publishing my own contribution here.

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